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Quick Strikes: Trade Deadline Day!

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Brian Boyle and Ben Bishop debut with their new teams, Steve Yzerman may be working on some more trades, and a recap of the other moves made across the league yesterday.

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The Bolts

Let’s get through the bittersweet and slightly painful stuff first. Ben Bishop made his debut with the LA Kings wearing his signature Tampa Bay Lightning glow-in-the-dark mask.

NHL.com

Brian Boyle wore blue and white last night, but with a Maple Leafs logo on the front.

Sportsnet

On that note, both Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle had nothing but praise for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they left this fair city for the rest of the season.

Interesting news on the Filppula front:

"There's so many good memories," Bishop said. "Going to miss everybody. Just wanted to leave on a good notes and it was nice to be able to win the last five games before I left. Had a lot of good times down there, will never forget it." [Tampa Bay Times]

“The support we had down here - still have - they’ve really grown accustomed to hockey. They have a passion for hockey in Tampa,” Boyle said. “It’s growing. It’s a smaller market right now, but it’s growing. It was fun to be a part of that run, especially to get that excitement in. Some really good memories from some playoff runs.” [Raw Charge]

The trade deadline is at 3:00 PM today and Steve Yzerman may make a few more trades. “There are long-term objectives that need to be addressed,'' Yzerman said. "If they can be done now, they will be done now.” [Tampa Bay Times]

Our friends over at Bay Bolts think Tyler Johnson may be among the players to move today. “Tyler Johnson has done some magical things in a Lightning sweater but his time on Channelside Drive may have expired. The Predators and Lightning have been scouting each other a lot this season. Preds need a Top 6 forward and the Lightning could use a solid Top 4 defensemen.” [Bay Bolts]

Perhaps the most popular name floating around trade talks today is Valterri Filppula.

“Filppula, like Boyle, brings a ton of playoff experience and a veteran voice to a locker room. Filppula has almost never missed the playoffs. You have to go back to 2004-05 while he was playing in Finland to find a year where he did not play a playoff game. Filppula is a winner and a highly competitive player. Consider that he has 152 NHL playoff games. That’s basically two full seasons of hockey just in the playoffs.” [Raw Charge]

Okay, enough trade talk. Have you met our newest goalie? Here’s a quick introduction to Peter Budaj. [Raw Charge]

The League

Um, just kidding. Back to more trade talk. Here are the moves made across the league. [SB Nation]

The Montreal Canadiens acquired veteran grinder Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a sixth round pick. “It’s clear that Bergevin still wanted to add a bit of grit to his team, despite their recent run of great play under Claude Julien.” [Habs Eye on the Prize]

“The New York Rangers announced they’ve traded Mat Bodie to the Buffalo Sabres for Daniel Catenacci. This is a pure AHL move. It’s likely the Rangers wouldn’t be able to keep Bodie this summer, and made a move for some Hartford depth.” [Blue Shirt Banter]

The Ottawa Senators traded their third round pick for this year’s draft to the Carolina Hurricanes in return for Viktor Stalberg. “The acquisition of Stalberg doesn’t improve our depth by any means, since we already have an abundance of players who can fill the same role at the same quality. It’s a small unnecessary move by Dorion which further diminishes our future.” [Silver Seven Sens]

The Rangers traded for Brendan Smith of the Detroit Red Wings. The price? A pair of picks, including a second rounder. “Smith is a 28-year-old defenseman that instantly makes the Rangers’ blue line better (if he is used correctly). He can play both sides which should help to patch up the Rangers’ lackluster right side.” [Blue Shirt Banter]

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Dallas Stars for minor-league forward Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round draft pick. “This is a relatively cheap deal for the Hawks, who didn’t really have a place for center McNeill in the future and needed only some extra depth on the blue line to solidify their playoff roster.” [Second City Hockey]

The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenceman Brandon Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers in return for David Desharnais. “Davidson hasn’t produced much - he has one assist in 28 games - but he does suppress shot attempts when he’s on the ice.” [Habs Eye on the Prize]

The San Jose Sharks sent Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for Jannik Hansen. “Not only does [Sharks GM Doug] Wilson give up on Goldobin, a player averaging more than 0.80 points per game in the American Hockey League, before ever giving him a look in the NHL, he throws in a pick, too. All that for a player who doesn’t score at the NHL level.” [Fear the Fin]

So who won? Who lost? How did everyone do? SB Nation has you covered with grades for every single trade. [SB Nation]